I took last week off for Thanksgiving. I hope all of my readers in the U.S. had a happy Thanksgiving holiday with their friends and family. Getting back on track, here are the links of note for the week ending December 4, 2016:
- Tim Cook On Apple’s 10th-Anniversary (Red) Campaign Against AIDS - Apple CEO Tim Cook granted a rare interview to John Paczkowski of Buzz Feed to talk about Apple’s role in the (RED) campaign against AIDS. Apple’s (RED) branded products have raised more than $120 million since joining the program in 2006 making it the world’s largest corporate contributor to the Global Fund. Cook told Packowski, “…just as people have values, so should corporations.” Apple has also issued a press release announcing new (RED) products including iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case, iPhone SE Case, Beats Solo 3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones and the Pill+ Portable Speaker.
- Apple working on a fix for iCloud Calendar spam invites - When your mother calls you to complain about the calendar invite spam she’s receiving on her iPhone you know it’s gotten bad. Apple released a statement to iMore saying they are aware of the problem and are investigating a fix. I followed the advice from this article by Bradley Chambers on the Sweet Setup for my iCloud account and repeated the process on my family members accounts and that has helped.
- Users Find Some New MacBook Pros Suffer From Major Graphics Issues - I’ve shared the issues I’ve experienced with my new 2016 MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, it looks like I’m not alone. Although I haven’t experienced these specific issues it seems that many other MacBook Pro owners are experiences graphic issues with their new notebooks. Ah, the joys of being an early adopter.
- Fake Apple chargers fail safety tests - Earlier this year we saw reports of just how bad the counterfeit problem was on Amazon. It turns out that an alarming number of these fake products fail safety testing and can cause electrical shorts and even fires. Be careful.
- Tim Cook Says He Expects AirPods to Ship Over ‘Next Few Weeks’ in Email to Customer - I hate reposting these “customer emails Apple executive emails” but alas there’s no other word out of Cupertino on what the heck is happening with the AirPods. So, take this for what it’s worth.
- Netflix now lets you download some TV shows and movies - Finally.
- ‘Aqua and Bondi,’ a New Book Looking at The Road to OS X and The Computer That Saved Apple - Collector of all things Mac, Stephen Hackett has released an e-Book. You should check it out.
- Studio Neat Reveals Canopy, a Magic Keyboard Case and Stand - For those of you who prefer to have a separate keyboard for your iPad and are fans of the Magic Keyboard, check out Studio Neat’s Canopy. It’s a case for the Magic Keyboard that unfolds to become a stand for the iPad. If I wasn’t using the SmartKeyboard I’d absolutely be in the market.